In Tuesday’s last minute vote to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff,” Indiana’s congressional delegation was split on its support of the bill, and not necessarily along party lines. There were two yeas, six nays, and one abstention.
While five of Indiana’s six Republican congressmen joined Representative Pete Visclosky (D-1st) in voting against a Senate bill that restores Bush-era tax cuts to a majority of American wage earners, Representative Dan Burton (R-5th), in his final days in the House before retirement, abstained from voting.
Congressman Todd Young (R-9th), who voted against the bill, says it does not do enough to reduce the budget deficit.
“I was deeply disappointed with the bill that passed the senate and did pass the house because it not only fails to include significant spending restraint, but instead, extends spending.”
The spending increases come from the extension of federal unemployment benefits. Indianapolis Congressman Andre Carson (D-7th) says the bill is a bipartisan agreement that will keep America out of a recession.
“This legislation keeps taxes low for American families, it prevents two million people from losing their unemployment insurance benefits, it protects seniors’ access to their doctors, and it staves off a descent back into recession,” he said in a released statement.
Joining Carson in supporting the deal was Joe Donnelly (D-2nd), casting his final House vote before becoming Indiana’s junior senator.
Both the state’s senators, Dan Coats and Richard Lugar, also supported the measure.